Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Day 313

     Baton Rouge is French for “Red Stick”. French explorer Pierre LeMoyne, Sieur d’Iberville led an exploration party up the Mississippi River in 1699. The explorers saw a red pole marking the boundary between the Houma and Bayogoula tribal hunting grounds and named this area Baton Rouge. Today, it is the Capital of Louisiana. We visited the Capital Building, which was conceived by Governor Huey P. Long.

     He died after being shot in this building on September 8, 1935, when accidentally shot by his guards protecting him from a dissenter who had a gun. Bullet holes still remain in the walls.